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Ing., Arch. Martin Tomešek (1950) - Biography

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Martin Tomešek was born on the 13th of September 1950 in Hrubá Vrbka in Moravia. His parents had a farm estate that the communists kept trying to include in the local agriculture cooperative. They resisted for a long time but had to abandon private farming in 1960. The communists set up their mandatory deductions so high that even with a well-managed estate there was not enough feed left for the livestock and they could hardly sustain themselves. Nobody wanted to employ Martin's father and Martin himself was threatened with not being allowed to study at a high school. He ended up at an high school focused on engineering and even managed to enrol at a university before the normalization period started in 1970. In 1972 he left for an internship in Soviet Union, witnessing the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union military parade. He undertook his military service from 1974 to 1977, serving two years at school and the last year in the barracks of the town of Sereď in Slovakia. Martin found work at the Centralprojekt Zlín company, collaborating with the architect Zdeněk Plesník, among others. He was assigned one of the Baťa appartments in Zlín. He was planning his emigration during the fifth year of his studies but managed to complete his plan only in 1982 when he left with his son through Yugoslavia to Austria and settled in Vienna; his wife joined him a year later. In Czechoslovakia he was convicted of abandoning the republic and was only able to return after the 1989 revolution.

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